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Dalglish backs sports scheme as disabled footballers honoured.

KENNY DALGLISH made a special guest appearance at Walton Sports Centre yesterday to honour a group of Liverpool disabled footballers.

The former Liverpool star, who played for and managed the club over a 14-year period, was a surprise visitor for the Liverpool Adult Disability Football Group awards ceremony.

The group have taken part in a 10-week coaching scheme at Picton leisure centre, run in conjunction with the city council's football development team, Liverpool County Football Association (FA) and Merseyside Sports Partnership.

"I'm glad I'm able to support the people who put their heart and soul into projects like this," said Mr Dalglish.

"It makes you feel humble - the kickabout we've just had probably meant more to them than the Liverpool and Milan final last year."

Now in its 10th year, the successful scheme has gone on to produce more than 20 players who have represented their country in disabled football, and many have studied for FA badges that enable them to referee matches.

Steve Swinnerton, Liverpool city council's football development officer, believes the programme plays a huge role in the footballers' lives.

"Our aim with the scheme is to get everyone involved, regardless of disability, gender or ability," he said.

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